S. Sudan “Somber” as Country Marks Independence Anniversary

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Mabior Garang de Mabior, a spokesman of SPLM- in opposition observes that it is very unfortunate to think about celebrating when the people of south Sudan are suffering. “I don’t think there is anything to celebrate about at the moment. … We will mark it in a very somber mood because of the destruction in our country.”

Today marks three years since South Sudan gained independence. It also marks Six months and 26 days since that start of a civil war that has killed tens of thousands, put to flight nearly a fifth of the population, and driven millions into destitution and hunger.

The country’s president Salva Kiir says he waged the war because his political rivals attempted a coup. His rivals accuse him of orchestrating a violent purge.

But as celebrations take center stage, south Sudanese nationals have expressed mixed feelings about the Independence Day event with several arguing that the celebration is worthless in a tattered country.

“We messed ourselves alone, nobody should be blamed for that, we fought for 21 years in order for us to have our own country, but we did not put things in right way. Our country has been seen as the worst corrupt and most failed state in the whole world,” Juma Ramadan, a resident of Juba is quoted by Radio Tamazuj.

Similarly, Mabior Garang de Mabior, a spokesman of SPLM- in opposition observes that it is very unfortunate to think about celebrating when the people of south Sudan are suffering. “I don’t think there is anything to celebrate about at the moment. … We will mark it in a very somber mood because of the destruction in our country.”

But Riak Awan, a Minister in the Office of the President said “South Sudanese were supposed to be fighting the fight of development, serving people and having stability in the country to allow citizens who suffered for many years during the struggle to have peace.”

“My message to the citizens of South Sudan is the message of peace. We are in the 3rd year our independence and still we are fighting each other. This is something very sad and it will not make us develop or build this country,” He adds.

Meanwhile Michael Makuei the Minister of Information and Broadcasting is optimistic that the country will be pacified. “Peace is just around the corner and it was our hope we would sign at the peace talks and come and celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the independence here in Juba – unfortunately things did not go as planned but nevertheless we will not give up for peace.”